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Curriculum for Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Curriculum for Clinical and Counseling Psychology

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The renowned curriculum, which is taught by experienced and caring faculty, introduces students to a variety of theories, with an emphasis on family systems and contemporary psychodynamic theories.

All students must complete 60 graduate credits. These are made up of required courses, field placements (practicum and internships), and elective courses. 

Applicants may choose from the following concentrations or select the Generalist Track:  Child & Adolescent Therapy, Child & Adolescent Therapy with a Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Co-Occuring Disorders, Couple & Family Therapy, Diverse & Underserved Communities, or Trauma Studies.

CORE COURSES

Required for all degree seeking students

PSYG 500 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYG 503 Psychopathology
PSYG 506 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
PSYG 508 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II
PSYG 510 Research Design and Methodology
PSYG 512  Legal and Ethical Issues
PSYG 514 Development Across the Lifespan: Individual & Family
PSYG 532 The Role of Culture & Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYG 608 Couple and Family Therapy

Concentration Courses

Child & Adolescent Therapy, 15 credits

PSYG 662 Assessment & Treatment of Children & Adolescents
PSYG 602 Play Therapy
PSYG 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
PSYG 622 Intro to the Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma
  Plus one elective course of your choice and licensing courses

 

Child & Adolescent Therapy: Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), 15 credits

PSYG 652 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
PSYG 654 Treatment Approaches to ASD
PSYG 604  A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
PSYG 662  Assessment & Treatment of Children & Adolescents
PSYG 602   Play Therapy
   Plus licensing courses

 

Co-Occuring Disorders,15 credits

PSYG 630  Foundations of Addictive Behavior
PSYG 622 Intro to the Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma
PSYG 672  Assessment & Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders
PSYG 638   Systemic Treatment of Addictions
  Plus one elective course of your choice and licensing courses

 

Couple & Family Therapy, 24 credits

PSYG 612   Advanced Theories of Couple & Family Therapy
PSYG 614  Couple & Family Therapy Techniques
PSYG 616   Advanced Couple & Family Therapy Techniques
PSYG 618  Human Sexuality and Couples
  Plus two of the following three courses:
PSYG 604   A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
PSYG 638    Systemic Treatment of Addictions
PSYG 682 Working with Latino Families
  Plus two elective courses of your choice

 

Diverse & Underserved Communities, 15 credits

PSYG 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYG 622 Intro to the Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma
PSYG 630 Foundations of Addictive Behavior
  Plus three of the following concentration electives:
PSYG 628 Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities
PSYG 640 Competencies for LGBTQ Counseling
PSYG 652 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
PSYG 680 Introduction to Geropsychology
PSYG 682 Working with Latino Families
PSYG 684 Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
PSYG 635 Special Topics in Diversity
(e.g. Working w/ African-American Communities, Working w/ Asian-American Communities,
Counseling Multiracial Populations)
PSYG 561 Independent Research in Clinical & Counseling Psychology I
PSYG 562 Independent Research in Clinical & Counseling Psychology II
  Plus licensing courses

 

Trauma Studies, 15 credits

PSYG 622 Intro to the Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma
PSYG 624 Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses
PSYG 675 Advanced Techniques in Trauma Intervention
PSYG 628 Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities (622)
  Plus one elective course of your choice and licensing courses

 

Generalist, 15 credits

Students following the Generalist Curriculum may take any five courses
from concentration courses and the electives, plus licensing courses.

Additional Courses

PSYG 544 Eating Disorders
PSYG 546 Bereavement Counseling
PSYG 645 Special Topics (varies by concentration and term)
PSYG 561 Independent Research in Clinical & Counseling Psychology I
PSYG 562 Independent Research in Clinical & Counseling Psychology II

Licensing courses for students seeking LPC licensure in PA

PSYG 530 Group Therapy
PSYG 536 Psychological Assessment
PSYG 542 Career Development and Counseling

 

Field Experience

See the Practicum and Internship Overview or the current online Graduate Catalog for internship prerequisites.

LPC

PSYG 705 Practicum
PSYG 715 Internship I
PSYG 725 Internship II
PSYG 735 Internship III (optional)

LMFT

PSYG 710 Couple & Family Therapy Internship I
PSYG 725 Internship II 
 PSYG 735  Internship III 
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